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Apex Legends revenue plummets after disappointing Season 1

Published: 21/May/2019 16:29 Updated: 21/May/2019 17:13

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall-inspired battle royale, Apex Legends, has seen a massive decline in revenue since its record breaking first month, despite the much-anticipated launch of the game’s first ‘season.’

After a surprise release on February 4, SuperData reported that Apex Legends had enjoyed the “best launch month of any free-to-play game in history”, with estimated in-game spending of $92 million.

This was thanks to Fortnite Battle Royale, but the momentum soon stagnated.

Respawn EntertainmentThe Havoc is the only new weapon added to Apex Legends since launch.

With a prolonged wait for the release of Season 1, which brought a new legend and a battle pass, players first became impatient, and then when the season finally began, underwhelmed.

There were endless complaints about the quality and quantity of content available in the battle pass. Meanwhile, the lack of any new weapons or map changes meant the game was becoming stale for some.

These complaints have also been made with players’ wallets, it seems, as SuperData report on May 21 that Apex made only $24 million in April, “down significantly for the second month in a row,” meaning it falls out of the top 10 earners.

Apex is no longer among the top grossing games on any platform (not currently available on mobile).

Is Season 2 the Last chance for Apex Legends?

Although $24 million a month from a free game is not a bad return, it’s still only just over a quarter of what the game raked in its first month, admittedly this was unsustainable however.

The future isn’t entirely bleak however, as Season 2 is just around the corner, and a mobile release has also been confirmed, although no date given yet.

Still, these are not positive signs for a game that was once on a seemingly unstoppable trajectory, and Respawn will be keen to address the dip in revenue. They recently made changes to the in-game store, but players were not happy about them, asking for a full rework.

Reddit U/ johnrubyWeapon and character skins cost 1,800 Apex Coins (~$18) in the store.

Season 2 could be the last chance for Apex Legends to convince players to stay on board and continue to shell out cash on in-game items. But it will require an influx of new content, something which, so far, Respawn has shown a reluctancy to add in, at least at the rate players expect. 

Since launch on February 4, there has still been only one gun added to Apex Legends. Compare this to the same time frame in that other popular battle royale game which adds a new weapon or item every two weeks, and the difference is stark.

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Apex Legends is adding a no-guns LTM in Season 7: Olympus Preview

Published: 30/Oct/2020 18:52

by Tanner Pierce

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If you saw the new Apex Legends map called Olympus and thought to yourself “I’d like to explore that without having to deal with annoying enemies”, then Respawn Entertainment has the perfect solution: a no-weapon LTM called Olympus Preview.

With the start of Season 7, Respawn Entertainment is adding a brand new map to Apex Legends called Olympus. After being rumored for quite a while now, the developers finally confirmed the news during the Season 7 trailer, and gave fans an even deeper dive into the map during the gameplay reveal.

While that’s all well and good, being forced to jump into a map that you don’t know and immediately fight other players trying to experience the same thing is always a bit annoying in battle royale games. Luckily, the developers seem to have a solution, and it’s a cool concept.

With the start of Season 7, Respawn will be including a new limited-time mode called Olympus Preview, which will allow players to explore and experience everything the new map has to offer without having to deal with other opponents that immediately try to kill you.

Apparently, the new 30-player mode will give fans an opportunity to jump in to the map and test it out to their heart’s content. They’ll even be able to test the circles.

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Soon players will be able to jump into the new Apex map thanks to a weapon-free mode called Olympus Preview.

When a new map gets added to a battle royale game, not just Apex Legends, a lot of players just want a few matches to explore and experience it before having to fight others, so this helps solve that problem. It also helps fans familiarize themselves with it so that they aren’t jumping in completely blind.

It’ll be interesting to see Apex continues this trend as time goes on. Obviously that would require them to keep adding new maps but, nevertheless, it’s a fun concept to say the least.